5 Podcasts That Will Get You Excited For Your Morning Commute [LIST]

At LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL), we know how unpredictable traffic can be, especially if you have a long commute to work. The radio can be repetitive and frustrating at times, especially when you’re aiming to prepare your brain for a productive day of work. Podcasts are revolutionizing the daily commute – offering compelling stories and hours of intelligent and informative entertainment. The best part? They are free and available right on your smartphone!

Here are 5 captivating podcasts recommended by LNE Consulting that will make your drive to work more enjoyable!

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 11.56.28 AM1. S-Town is an enthralling 7 part series that focuses on the life of an antique clock restorer named John B. Macklemore. Sounds boring, right? Well, he turns out to be one of the most intriguing and intelligent people on the planet — with secrets, conflict, and twists galore.

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 12.01.40 PM2. For those who are intrigued by the supernatural, The Black Tapes is the best thing going! An open-minded reporter, Alex Reagan, investigates ghosts, apparitions, and spirits while exploring the evidence of hauntings around the world. The Co-star, Dr. Richard Strand, is a nonbeliever who relies solely on science and tangible, proven evidence – almost always dismissing supernatural experiences as a hoax. Unlike S-Town, The Black Tapes is fictional; however, that opens up a lot of room for a gripping and tremendously spooky story. This podcast will make traffic breeze by, whether you’re on your way to LNE Consulting or running errands!

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3. Crimetown takes you to 70’s and 80’s Providence, Rhode Island, where crime and corruption were all the norm in the political system. The studio is planning on working on a new area, new crime, and new story every season – but so far, season one is the only collection that has been published. Season one is a fascinating look into the political career of Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, the mayor of Providence from 1974-1984. The story documents his infamous political career, as well as his connection to the mafia, with real interviews from ex-mob members and people in Buddy’s circle.
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4. The Nerdist Podcast, hosted by the geeky, charming, and well-spoken Chris Hardwick, is a wonderful way to hear the thoughts and opinions of famous and successful people in an informal setting. Essentially, each episode is an hour or so long interview with a stirring guest. However, like most interviews, it does not sound like a press release. The guests are completely open and engaged, answering brilliant, yet casual questions from Chris. It’s like sitting in on a conversation between two buddies! His guests have included Jake Gyllenhaal, J.J. Abrams, Keanu Reeves, and even Bill Gates!
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5. History buffs unite! Check out Hardcore History. Hey, even if you have no prior knowledge of ancient civilizations and traditional academic history, you will love this podcast if you are looking to learn – and we sure do love to learn here at LNE Consulting. Dan Carlin has an unorthodox way of making history enjoyable while blending journalism and drama to create a stimulating learning experience. It is a great podcast to wake your brain up and provide you with some new information to share with your coworkers!

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3 Quotes From Football Stars to Pump You Up

The wait is over! Pre-season is finally here. All of us at LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL) are thrilled to have our beloved Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays back. Football is for friends, family, food, and entertainment — perfect for decompressing after work and right before Monday. In honor of football’s long-awaited return, here are 3 quotes from some well-known, hard-working, and successful football stars.
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“I don’t care about three years ago… I don’t care about two years ago. I don’t care about last year. The only things I care about is this week.” – Tom Brady

Tom Brady, the 5 Time Superbowl Champion, lives, breathes and plays with an urgent sense of hard work. He maintains an immaculate diet, practices as much as possible, and has shattered records throughout his career. Champions do not dwell on the past – it is a powerful mindset that is a prerequisite for success and one that we promote here at LNE Consulting.
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“You know, I never looked down the road and said, ‘Hey look, one day, the Hall of Fame.’ It’s always about playing each and every game 100 percent and I thank my teammates for getting me into the Hall because football is a team sport, not an individual sport” – Jerry Rice

The NFL Hall of Famer holds multiple records in the NFL while being selected for the Pro Bowl 13 times and named All-Pro 12 times. Rice’s 20 years in the NFL were impressive ones; however one of the reasons that he was so successful was because he was attentive and in the moment. It is not intelligent to dwell on the past, but it also important to remember to stay in the moment and not worry about the future. Always give 100% in the moment and the future will be taken care of.

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 “Success isn’t owned. It’s leased – and rent is due every day.” – JJ Watt

JJ Watt, who is a defensive weapon for the Houston Texans, is a powerhouse player who has set NFL records and played through injuries to prove doubters wrong. He understands that success is not a one-time deal that is over and done with – that’s why you need to stay consistent and work hard every single day. We operate on that belief daily here at LNE Consulting.

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Golf is the Sport of Business: Here’s Why

Golf and business have always been intertwined. Living in Florida, all of us at LNE Consulting can’t help but notice how much golf is adored. In many ways, the golf course is as effective as any office when it comes to making a deal — and it’s a great way to inspire competition. But besides the obvious, why is golf so popular in the business world?

Well, there isn’t one specific answer, but LNE Consulting can name a few fundamental reasons.


You Dictate Your Outcome

Team sports are an effective way to work as a unit and bond, but they don’t reflect individual performance. In golf, the only person hitting the ball is you. There’s no room for excuses and your scorecard reflects how you performed individually. Golf requires initiative and composure, two traits that are valued in the office and are displayed on the golf course.

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Its Low Tension

While we all have a certain competitive nature, golf is typically a relaxed and modest game. Too much competition isn’t a good atmosphere for closing deals or getting to know someone. Golf offers an atmosphere of friendly competition with low stakes. It’s a great way to get out of the office, enjoy the outdoors, and be active. While there are many activities that are “low-tension”, golf seems to be the favorite because of all the other elements it involves.

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Opportunities To Network

Whether you randomly paired with a group, or you’re going out with prospective clients, golf gives you a solid few hours to get to know the members of your group. Usually by the time the round has ended you’ve either made a new friend, a connection, or a future business partner. Meeting new people, especially with similar interests, is a great way to grow your network and the golf course is a networking goldmine.

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There are certainly more reasons why golf is so popular in the business world, but those seem to be the three most popular. In Hollywood, Florida, where LNE Consulting is located, golf is as popular as any sport around. Golf is not limited to only professionals, but it is certainly a large component of their lives. It’s a lot bigger than just a round of golf, business professionals will tell you that.

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Food for Thought, Literally: 7 Foods that Boost Brainpower

As we power through the summertime and fight through the Florida heat, LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL) has got you covered with a list of 7 foods that are proven to help keep you focused!

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You’ve probably heard of this one before. You may have even popped a handful of blueberries in your mouth on your way to take a big test back in school. Blueberries are full of antioxidants, which boost the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain, which improves concentration and memory.

2) Beets

These red root vegetables are another great source of antioxidants. Beets also contain natural nitrates, which similarly increase blood flow to your brain, giving you a rush of energy and improving your mental performance.

3) Broccoli

Broccoli contains high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and choline, three nutrients that are key for supporting energy and brain function. Turns out your mom was right, you really should eat your broccoli!

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We’re as thrilled as you are to have another excuse to eat more chocolate. Dark chocolate with contains 70 percent or higher cocoa is packed with flavonols, which provide your body with antioxidants, helping blood flow to the brain and heart and even lowering your blood pressure.

5) Nuts and Seeds

Both are a fantastic source of Vitamin E, which helps maintain your cognitive function as you age. They’re also full of essential oils and amino acids which can give you a concentration boost.

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Avocados are always praised as a great source of healthy fatty acids, but did you know they can also help out your brain? They’re known to aid blood flow to the brain, which yes, you guessed it, improves your focus and concentration.

7) Fatty Fish

Especially oily fish, such as salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards, and kipper, have been proven to enhance your mental performance and mood due to their high levels of omega-3  fatty acids.

Try incorporating even just two or three of these superfoods into your daily diet, you’ll notice a difference!

Check back on our blog for more tips from LNE Consulting on how to stay productive this summer.

5 Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July [IDEAS]

July is here and everyone knows that the best barbecuing holiday is quickly approaching! All of us at LNE Consulting are really looking forward to celebrating in our own ways. Just in case you haven’t yet solidified your plans for the fourth, we thought we’d supply a few ideas to celebrate this wonderful day of Independence in South Florida.

 

1. Call up friends and family, get everyone together for a close-knit affair. Get the grill going, throw some hot dogs on the grill, try grilling veggies for a healthier take. Buy some lemonade from the grocery store and supply cool drinks by the pool (perhaps an inflatable one.) The important thing is that you’re all together and you can plan your day around family and friends.

 

2. Head on over to Charnow Park, the beachside located right in Hollywood, FL between 2 pm and 10 pm for a fun-filled day of family activities and picnics. Fireworks will be shown, offshore, at 9 pm and viewing opportunities are available anywhere along the beach. More information is available on their website.

 

3. If you feel like getting out on the Fourth of July, the city of Miami is hosting their annual 4th of July 5K run. Start your day early, with registration from 5:30 – 6:30 am and the race starting at 7:04 am. Funds from this race will benefit ALSAC, St. Jude’s Research Center and the Go Run Project. For only $10 your family can take place in a barbecue after the race, and there is a kiddie dash too! What fun!

 

4. Light off some small fireworks of your own. Now in Florida, fireworks available for consumer usage are limited to sparklers, colored smoke ONLY fireworks and glow worm fireworks. Essentially fireworks that burn without exploding. Leave the dangerous ones to the fireworks officials, but in the meantime, why not enjoy some sparklers in the dark on this wonderful Fourth of July. For a full list of legal fireworks check out this website. 

5. If you don’t feel like dealing with traffic or going out to buy fireworks yourself, why not just tune into one of the incredible fireworks shows all around the world. From New York City to Boston and more, there are beautiful fireworks displays available for viewing, all depending on what you’re feeling We watch the NYE ball drop from NYC all over the world, so why not watch some fireworks too?

All of us at LNE Consulting wish you a great Independence day filled with family, friends, food, and fireworks! Follow LNE Consulting on Instagram for more updates regarding our Fourth of July plans!

Getting To Know Justin Callahan

At LNE Consulting, we take pride in having a strong and distinguished team. We believe each member of our team plays a significant role in achieving our long-term goals. Today, we’ll be learning more about one of LNE Consulting‘s newer members; Justin Callahan.

LNE-ConsultingQ: What is your first and last name?

A: Justin Callahan


Q: Where are you from?

A: I’m originally from Philadelphia.


Q: How long have you been working with the company?

A: I have been working at LNE Consulting for roughly 2 months.


Q: What attracted you to the company?

A: I was attracted to the opportunity to learn and grow within a company that promotes from within.


Q: What have you accomplished/learned in the short time that you’ve been working here?

A: I have learned time management, the different theories on different types of customers and approaches on dealing with each, and how to work and inspire other to achieve their goals.


Q: What next steps are you most excited about?

A: I look forward to helping to develop other people within the company and moving into a management position.


We are very pleased to have Justin on board the LNE Consulting team and are excited about what lay ahead. He possesses the traits that we value and believe he will be a great asset to our team.

10 Things You May Not Know About the Month of June

June has arrived and all of us at LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL) are happy to see the beautiful weather that summer has brought us. While we are still hard at work, we spent a little time getting to know what interesting things this month of June has in store. We found out 10 interesting facts about the month of June that are worth a read!

1. June 2nd is National Donut Day, a day dedicated to celebrating those circular treats that we can’t get enough of. Glazed, jelly, creme, you name it – we love it. Tip: Many donut franchises offer free donuts on this day, so be sure to take a moment and see if any stores near you are participating.

2. The word June is thought to be derived from the word Juno. Juno was a Roman Goddess and the wife of Jupiter. In Greek mythology, Juno’s name is Hera and Jupiter is the Roman counterpart of Zeus, king of the Gods.

3. June is considered the prime month for marriage. This could be due to the weather or the fact that Juno is the Roman version of Hera, the Greek goddess of love and marriage.

4. Some experts believe that June was actually named after the Latin word “Junius” meaning, young and that May was named after the word “Maiores,” meaning old. Since June is the first month of summer, it represents a time of rebirth and growth.

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5. June is National Rose Month. This month is dedicated to this classically beautiful flower, the rose. Be it red, pink or white, take the time to give a loved one an elegant rose or head over to somewhere that sells rosebush starters. What goes together better than summer and flowers?

6. Alexandrite, Moonstone, and Pearl are the birthstones for people born in June. Alexandrite represents health, learning, and longevity, Moonstone represents calming change and new beginnings and Pearl represents faith and purity.

7. The June beetle is a type of beetle originating from the Scarabaeidae family. It has been given its name because it commonly reappears in the month of June when plants are in full bloom and there is plenty of foliage to eat.

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8. The Wimbledon Tennis Championships are the oldest and most prestigious Tennis tournaments in the world. They are held during the last two weeks of June and the finish in early July. 

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9. June 19th is fathers day! And while you probably already knew this, an extra reminder never hurt when it comes to honoring dad, or any father-like figures that are important people in your life. 

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10. June 21st is the longest day of the year. It marks the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. The sun will be out for nearly all 12 hours of the day, so enjoy the extra daylight and maybe do something fun!

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Have a wonderful June!